24hrs to live like a local…Boulder, CO
Boulder the scenic Colorado valley town on the edge of the Rocky Mountains is home to 100,000 people and of course a booming nightlife in and around the city. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Pearl Street: A small but sweet pedestrian mall filled with many locally owned restaurants, shops, and of course bars. Local favorites include Absinthe House a dance club, Connor O’Neils an Irish pub featuring 3$ car bomb Thursdays, and CU’s favorite dive bars The Walrus and The Sundown Saloon. With great music, cheap drinks, and a fun college atmosphere Pearl Street is always sure to please.
2. The Hill: Boulder’s college student neighborhood across from the university with shops, bars, and restaurants. Here you will find many of Boulder’s treasures such as The Sink a world famous restaurant and bar that is a local hotspot as well as the Fox Theater where local and world famous musical acts perform. These are just a few of the college bars and activities located on the hill.
3. Chataqua Park: Not much of a nightlife person? Boulder’s immense hiking trails and scenic routes are a favorite weekend activity of locals and college kids alike. Chataqua is one of many Boulder trailheads that provide hiking trails for people of all abilities, some even being wheel chair accessible. There are few things more gratifying than the views you will see at the top of your hike, something both locals and tourists can agree upon.
4. Skiing: Looking for a weekend getaway? World-class ski slopes are only 2 hours away such as Breckenridge and Vail Ski Resorts. During the day enjoy skiing, snowboarding, or a variety of other snow sports on the slopes making sure to take a hot cocoa break in the lodge. At night you can enjoy the town’s various pubs, bars and excellent restaurants with something to do for everyone. Vail is also host to Snowball, one of the countries largest (and coldest) music festivals, that is an awesome weekend you don’t want to miss out on.
5. Red Rocks: Located in Morrison, Colorado a large rock formation that serves as an open-air venue unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Artists love to play here because of the excellent acoustics, breath-taking scenery, and the enthusiastic crowd. Fans love to come to experience their favorite artists at a concert unlike any other. The shows only occur during the warm months, but even if you can’t see a concert it is worth a visit to hike, look at the scenery, or see one of the most spectacular sunrises.